Film Review: Hotel Transylvania – best animated movie of the year
The kids and I saw an early screening of Hotel Transylvania (Sony Pictures Animation) last weekend. We loved it. Hotel Transylvania is the best animated movie I’ve seen this year. It was entertaining and funny. In my opinion, the whole family will enjoy this film. And even though the main characters are monsters, the film isn’t scary — my kids (ages seven and nine) didn’t flinch once. Hotel Transylvania opens in theaters today.
The 411 for Hotel Transylvania
|The story||A human shows up at Hotel Transylvania, which is an exclusive castle for monsters|
|Appropriateness for children||It’s fine for kids. There isn’t any violence or bad language, but there is a little bathroom humor.|
|Release date||September 28, 2012|
|Rating||Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images|
Even monsters need a vacation
Hotel Transylvania starts off in the late 1800′s. That’s when Dracula first begins to build a hotel far away from humans. He’s building the hotel to protect his daughter (Mavis) and other monsters from humans, who killed his wife. During the prologue, we also see that Dracula is a loving father who loves to dote on his daughter. The story then flashes forward to present time. Hotel Transylvania has been built and it’s now Mavis’ 118th birthday. That’s when a human, Jonathan, unexpectedly shows up at the castle. Dracula doesn’t want to freak out the other monsters, who are scared of humans, so he disguises the boy to look like Frankenstein.
Some adult humor
Most of the gags are aimed at children. However, there are a few jokes adults will get that kids won’t understand (nothing nasty). One of my favorite gags involves Dracula leading two flying objects on a chase of the human. Dracula, with his black outfit, looked very much like Darth Vader leading two TIE fighters in a chase of Luke Skywalker, who was attempting to destroy the Death Star in Star Wars (A New Hope).
I loved the music and songs in Hotel Transylvania. Unfortunately, most of the songs are short. And as far as I can tell, there isn’t a soundtrack for the film (I couldn’t find it on Amazon). What a shame. Some of the lyrics are very clever in a twisted way.
It’s a little like Monster, Inc.
Hotel Transylvania is a bit predictable. At times, the movie reminded me of Monsters, Inc. In addition, you could tell the boy and girl would fall for each. And like many stories like this one, the overprotective father ruins the romance, but then he saves the day and everyone lives happily ever after. But with an entertaining movie like this, it really doesn’t matter if the story is a little predictable.
During the movie, I didn’t recognize any of the voices of the cast. In my opinion, it’s a good sign when the story is so entertaining that you’re not paying attention to the voices behind the characters. In case you’re wondering, Hotel Transylvania features the voices of Adam Sandler (Dracula), Andy Samberg (Jonathan the human), Selena Gomez (Mavis, Dracula’s daughter), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin), CeeLo Green (Murray), Jon Lovitz (Quasimodo), Brian George (Suit of Armor), Luenell (Shrunken Heads), Brian Stack (Pilot), Chris Parnell (Fly), and Jackie Sandler (Martha). The film was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.
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